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1985 Wade Boggs Boston Red Sox Contract - First $1,000,000 Contract
Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,410
Six page fold-over contract, dated February 13, 1985, between Wade Boggs and the Boston Red Sox Baseball Club, signed in blue ink ("10") by Wade Boggs and in blue fine-point marker ("10") by James "Lou" Gorman, general manager of the Red Sox. The contract has also been signed by a witness and by Robert O. Fishel in his capacity as Executive Vice President of the American League. A special addendum form, in which Boggs agrees to pay the expense of a single hotel room and all other hotel charges above the room charge on road trips, has been signed by both Boggs and Gorman, and is affixed to the last page of the contract. The one-year agreement calls for Boggs to receive a salary of $1,000,000 for the 1985 season. This was Boggs' first million-dollar contract and, surprisingly, he received it only begrudgingly from the club. Boggs debuted with Boston in 1982 and in his first three seasons he quickly proved that he was one of the game's elite hitters by posting averages of .349, a league-leading .361, and .325, respectively. Despite his accomplishments, the Red Sox refused to significantly increase his 1984 salary of $525,000. Forced to go to arbitration, the club offered Boggs $675,000 for the 1985 season but eventually lost the case and were forced to pay him the $1,000,000 salary his agent countered with. In retrospect, the $1,000,000 salary turned out to be a bargain for the club. Boggs responded by batting a career-high .368 in 1985 to capture his second batting title, and the first of four straight batting titles for the Red Sox. Boggs retired in 1999 with a .328 lifetime average, which ranks thirty-fifth all time. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005. The contract (8.5 x 11 inches) displays two horizontal folds and is in Excellent to Mint condition. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $500+. SOLD FOR $1,410
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